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The Ebola outbreak in West-Africa triggered risk communication activities to promote adequate preventive behaviour in the Netherlands. Our study investigated the level of knowledge, perceptions, and media use regarding Ebola.
In December 2014, an online questionnaire was administered to the Dutch population (n = 526) and Health Care Workers (HCW) (n = 760).
The mean knowledge score (range 0–15) of HCW (m = 13.3;SD = 1.4) was significantly higher than the general public (m = 10.8;SD = 2.0). No significant difference was found in perceived severity and susceptibility. Perceived fear of the general public (m = 2.5; SD = 0.8) was significantly higher than among HCW (m = 2.4; SD = 0.7). Respondents primarily used television to obtain information.
While Ebola was perceived severe, it did not lead to excessive fear or perceived susceptibility for developing the disease. Nonetheless, our research showed that knowledge with respect to human-to-human transmission is low, while this is crucial to complying with preventive measures. Our study reveals priorities for improving risk communication.
Additional file 1: Table S1. Knowledge about Ebola among Dutch general public and healthcare workers. Table S2. Mean scores and Cronbach’s alpha of items in three constructs (perceived severity, perceived susceptibility, and perceived fear). Table S3. Populations’ estimation of severity of various diseases. Table S4. Populations’ estimation of susceptibility to various (infectious) diseases. Table S5. Respondents’ information intake per source (n = 1286). (DOCX 26 kb)12879_2017_2906_MOESM1_ESM.docx
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